Then Solomon prayed, "O LORD, you have said that you would live in thick darkness.
But I have built a glorious Temple for you, where you can live forever!"
Then the king turned around to the entire community of Israel standing before him and gave this blessing:
"Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who has kept the promise he made to my father, David. For he told my father,
'From the day I brought my people out of Egypt, I have never chosen a city among the tribes of Israel as the place where a temple should be built to honor my name. Nor have I chosen a king to lead my people Israel.
But now I have chosen Jerusalem as that city, and David as that king.'"
Then Solomon said, "My father, David, wanted to build this Temple to honor the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
But the LORD told him, 'It is right for you to want to build the Temple to honor my name,
but you will not be the one to do it. One of your sons will build it instead.'
"And now the LORD has done what he promised, for I have become king in my father's place. I have built this Temple to honor the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
There I have placed the Ark, and in the Ark is the covenant that the LORD made with the people of Israel."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)